GREENWOOD, IN - Ten games into the conference schedule, three teams sit atop the standings vying for a conference title. Defiance, Rose-Hulman, and Mount St. Joseph all sit at 8-2 in league play with eight games remaining on the schedule.
Defiance (13-4, 8-2 HCAC) claimed a pair of wins during the week to move atop the standings. The Yellow Jackets beat Earlham 71-55 and pulled out a 59-51 overtime win over Hanover Saturday in a battle for first place.
Senior forward Ryan Hicks (Port Clinton, Ohio/H.S.) netted 32 points with nine rebounds against the Quakers Wednesday evening. Hicks shot 11-of-16 from the field in the win.
Hicks added 15 points and eight rebounds in the win over Hanover Saturday. The win kept DC in the first place tie and sent Hanover one game behind the trio in the standings.
Defiance will travel to rival Bluffton and Rose-Hulman this week.
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Rose-Hulman (13-4, 8-2 HCAC) held a one game lead in the standings heading into last week's play. The Engineers earned a split, falling into the three-way tie. RHIT opened the week with a 67-62 loss at Hanover Wednesday evening, but bounced back for a dominating 66-38 home win over Transylvania. Senior guard Julian Strickland (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game during the week. Rose will host Anderson and Defiance in league play this week.
Mount St. Joseph (11-5, 8-2 HCAC) earned a pair of wins to move back into a first place tie. The Lions were dominate, beating Anderson 90-67 and Franklin 87-68. Junior guard Mark Allen (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) had 18 points in each win, and averaged five rebounds and three assists during the week. The Mount will travel to Hanover and Earlham during this week's play.
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